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'Eclipse' towns prepare for influx of tourists

August 18, 2017 06:23 PM

The eclipse is coming up on Monday, August 21. Half of the nation's population lives within 400 miles of the so-called "path of totality" and tens of millions of people will see it.

As some tiny towns see their populations go up by a factor of four or five, there will be traffic jams, bed and porta-potty shortages.

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"When you have that many people in a town of 6,500 people. We have two, two lane highways going through. It's just a math game that doesn't work out," pointed out Christina Carpenter, an eclipse party host.

"There’s going to be a lot of different people here from a lot of different areas," presumed Jeff Goetz with the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

"There will be heavy congestion on the roadways and drivers need to pack their patience and prepare to sit in traffic for long periods of time," advised Tamara Johnson with AAA.

Safety always comes first. You absolutely need safety glasses. Even the darkest of sunglasses will provide no protection.

The danger of looking at the sun is partly due to its brightness, but it's mainly due to two things you can't see: infrared and ultraviolet radiation.  Infrared light is the type we feel as heat, such as the warmth from a campfire. If you stare at the sun too long, its infrared light can overheat your retinas and damage them. Ultraviolet light is what gives us sunburns. Just as our skin can become damaged due to UV exposure, so can our eyes.

If you've ever experienced a sunburn, you've noticed that you aren't aware of the burn until it's too late. The same is true with damage to your eyes. Seventy people lost their sight in the 1999 eclipse over Europe.

NewsChannel 13’s Jason Gough will be in South Carolina for the total eclipse. He will broadcast it on his Facebook page, goughjason.


More information:

NewsChannel 13 eclipse resource page

Jason Gough's Facebook page

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WNYT Staff

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